Letters to the Editor

Cooper was ‘right’ to veto legislature budget

Flanked by school teachers, Gov. Roy Cooper says he is going to veto the budget sent to him by the Republican-controlled General Assembly during a press conference held in Raleigh, NC, on June 6, 2018.
Flanked by school teachers, Gov. Roy Cooper says he is going to veto the budget sent to him by the Republican-controlled General Assembly during a press conference held in Raleigh, NC, on June 6, 2018.

Regarding “District warns of major cuts to close school budget gap” (June 6): It’s great that the county commissioners are adding funds to our public schools. It is shameful that they have to do this because the N.C. legislators have abrogated their responsibility to properly fund public education. They have underfunded teacher salaries and student funding.

Our state public schools are increasing in population and the legislature has not taken this in to account. School supplies have been supplied by donation and raffles by the PTA. The Republican legislature would rather give tax breaks to the wealthy and businesses than to give the children a thorough public education.

The for-profit charter schools are a disgrace and many should be closed due to their poor performance, yet the Republicans want to add more charters at the expense of public education. They continue to fund vouchers that are unconstitutional. Where is the money going? Gov. Cooper was right to veto this awful budget.

Thomas Oriel


Be ‘practical’

When I was 10 years old, a news event of such horror managed to catch my attention. A school fire at our Lady of the Angels School killed 92 students and three teachers. I was particularly horrified because the school building was a lot like the school I attended – three floors high and only one exit stairway. It took a lot for my mom to reassure me so that I wasn’t terrified of returning to school.

That fire did make a difference in school design, especially changing having one exit. Today, the schools I taught in for 33 years have numerous exits. They learned from that tragic disaster.

But, how quickly we jump at solutions for school shootings – one exit to be controlled with a gun detector? One can say that the other exits should remain, but be locked. Obviously, people who say that have never worked in a school. Kids do what kids do, and all of the consequences of their actions do not dawn on them. Any solution that does not allow for that, and this includes guns in the school, is short sighted and begging for disaster. Let’s remember that one shooter got his father’s guns and his father has no idea how he did it.

We need to stop this horrible carnage and the effects it is having on our children. I know personally the power of a horrific event. But can’t we all, for the sake of the children, stop politicizing this and get to an honest and practical discussion about solutions that will work? I beg for the sake of the children.

Susan B. Buker



Regarding “House OKs putting ‘In God We Trust’ signs in schools” (June 8): I would like our legislators to show their Godliness with actions and not only with slogans.

If they really trust in God, these are my suggestions: Treat fellow citizens as individuals rather than seeing them as their race, sexual orientation, etc.

Give the poorest members of our state adequate healthcare by expanding Medicaid.

Make tax policy such that the income inequality is diminished, everybody who is able to work gets a living wage and God-created nature is not exploited and polluted.

Raghu Ballal

Chapel Hill

‘Child abuse’

Regarding “Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ at US-Mexico border is filling child shelters” (May 30): I have spent the last 20 years of my life working to prevent child abuse here in Durham. In my professional experience, I have learned that caregiver disruption/separation is very traumatic for children and interferes with child development and social-emotional health. The effects of caregiver disruption can last a lifetime.

Recently, I have become aware that under the guise of a “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, our government has begun separating children from their parents at our national borders. Parents and children (many of whom are under the age of four) are sent to separate detention centers, some of which are hundreds of miles apart.

In my mind, this could be considered child abuse. At the very least, this policy is creating trauma for children that could affect their development and create emotional scars that lead to problems throughout their lifetime. It seems to me that no matter which side of the immigration issue we are on, we can all agree that abusing children in the name of the United States government is harmful, odious, and damaging to our national soul, mind, and spirit. This needs to stop.

Jan Williams